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2023 Season

THE TURQUOISE ELEPHANT

JUNE

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

AUG

DISNEY OFF ICE

NOV/DEC

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Turquoise

THE TURQUOISE ELEPHANT

By Stephen Carleton

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Farce

Absurd

Apocalypse

DATES

June 2 - 11

Friday 2nd June 7:30pm Preview

Saturday 3rd June 7:30pm Opening Night

Sunday 4th June 3:00pm

Friday 9th June 7:30pm

Saturday 10th June 3:00pm

Saturday 10th June 7:30pm Giving Night

Sunday 11th June 3:00pm Closing Night

VENUE

Studio1, Yeerongpilly

190 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly

Venue Information

RUNTIME

120 Minutes, including 20 Min interval

WARNINGS

Coarse Language, Sexual References, Mature Themes, Strobe Lighting

TICKETS

Adult $40.00

Concession $30.00

$2.50 fee per transaction

CAST

Rebecca Day, Amanda McErlean, Clarise Ooi, Robert Wainwright & Sandra Harman

CREATIVE

Playwright Stephen Carleton

Director Lachlan Driscoll

Light & Sound Design Noah Milne

Assistant Director Ellie Waddingham

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WINNER

Griffin Award 2015

 

Sea levels are rising. Species are dying. Who gives a !$*@ ? 

 

As the world tilts into chaos, Basra is intent on making a difference, but what can she do? Her family thinks the best way to save the planet is to eat endangered animals and bask in the glories of the free market. Meanwhile, her aunt’s new-age lover promises them safety at an exclusive utopia.

 

But Basra knows she has a higher calling. How many blogs does it take to save the world?

 

From multi-awardwinning writer Stephen Carleton, this shockingly black farce is perilously close to being real.

We've partnered with the Australian Conservation Foundation to double our impact.

ACF is Australia’s national environment organisation. They speak out for a world where forests, rivers, people and wildlife thrive. They are proudly independent and funded by donations from our community.

So what can you do? Please consider donating $10 to ACF and see 'The Turquoise Elephant' with tickets starting at $30. Your combined contribution will spread awareness and education on environmental issues, and combat areas that need urgent attention now. The amazing team at ACF put your money towards saving our big backyard and building an Australia that's powered by renewable energy.

Picnic

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

From The Book By Joan Lindsay

Adapted by Tom Wright

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Australia

Classic

Mystery

DATES

Coming August

VENUE

Studio1, Yeerongpilly

190 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly

Venue Information

RUNTIME

80 Minutes, no interval

WARNINGS

Mature Themes, Simulated Violence

TICKETS

Adult $40.00

Concession $30.00

$2.50 fee per transaction

CAST

Claire Argente, Malika Savory, Jules Broun, Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn & Libby Harrison

CREATIVE

Playwright Tom Wright

Director Lachlan Driscoll

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The Rock is a nightmare, and nightmares belong in the past…

 

In 1900, three schoolgirls climb the notorious Hanging Rock in the Australian outback and are never seen again. Terror reverberates throughout the community as the mystery goes unsolved.

 

Over a century later, a new generation struggles to come to terms with a silence that grows louder every day, and a past that never fades.

 

A haunting adaptation of the chilling classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock rips into how we deal with the unknown.

 

By arrangement with ORiGiN™  Theatrical, on behalf of Nick Hern Books.

Disney

DISNEY OFF ICE

By Oliver Gough

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Parody

Sci-Fi

Existential

DATES

Nov 24 - Dec 3

Friday 24th Nov 7:30pm Preview

Saturday 25th Nov 3:00pm Preview

Saturday 25th Nov 7:30pm Opening Night

Sunday 26th Nov 3:00pm

Friday 1st Dec 7:30pm

Saturday 2nd Dec 3:00pm

Saturday 2nd Dec 7:30pm

Sunday 3rd Dec 3:00pm Closing Night

VENUE

Studio1, Yeerongpilly

190 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly

Venue Information

RUNTIME

TBA

WARNINGS

Coarse Language, Sexual References, Mature Themes, Strobe Lighting

TICKETS

Adult $40.00

Concession $30.00

$2.50 fee per transaction

CAST

Starring Tom Coyle as Walt

More to be announced.

CREATIVE

Playwright Oliver Gough

Director Lachlan Driscoll

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The rumours are true: Walt Disney is back from the dead.

Decades spent frozen in the cryonic tank of urban legend have proven rejuvenating, and Disney’s ready to make his mark in a strange new world.

But times have changed and he finds himself property of a giant entertainment producer, and at the heel of a strict publicist determined to set him straight. Will the future be everything he hoped for? Can you separate the man from the legend? This is sure to be a magic carpet ride straight to hell...

The absurd comedy and savage satire of ‘Disney Off Ice’ will send shivers down your spine.

This play was commissioned through the TELESCOPE New Writing Program. 

 

Special thanks to: Jules Broun, Imogen Meehan, Willem Whitfield, Alex Macdonald and Georgia Perry.

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About

So what is Observatory Theatre?

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An observatory is a place to look to the skies, to dwell on the future, to behold new worlds, people and things...

 

Observatory Theatre is an Australian theatre production house based in Brisbane. Our projects have common goals in mind: To never be boring, to inspire and engage, and to provide outstanding experiences for audiences. 'Outside of the box' vision is an important part of our philosophy. We aim to produce works that stimulate all the senses and innovate beyond traditional theatre.

We acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land Meanjin on which we work and create. We recognise the rich traditions of First Nations art and performance that has shaped Australian theatre today. We pay our respects to them as the first storytellers, creators, performance makers and dreamers.

The Team

Creative Producer Lachlan Driscoll

Marketing and Communications Coordinator Lucy Rayner-Toy

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A New Writing Program

TELESCOPE is a new program by Observatory Theatre that gives residency to playwrights to develop an imaginative new play.

THE GOAL: To produce plays that are theatrically inventive and innovative

THE WORDS: To support writers who have a unique and imaginative voice

 

THE MEANS: To provide writers with support at every step of the way

THE PROCESS: To expose the play to many minds, ears and hearts, and encourage rigorous feedback

TELESCOPE fosters collaboration between diverse, creative thinkers to develop stories of outstanding quality for the indie theatre scene.

Disney Off Ice by Oliver Gough (2022 - 2023)

We are thrilled to develop DISNEY OFF ICE by Oliver Gough.

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OLIVER GOUGH
TELESCOPE 2022-3 Playwright

Oliver Gough is an emerging playwright and performance maker based in Brisbane/Meanjin, and an Mphil Candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland. His 2020 Honours project and play X  built on an interest in interrogating climate-change ravaged futures, and using absurdism and ‘cli-fi’ to satirise top-down, celebrity focused responses to the threat. The one-act play received a staged reading in 2020, and was staged by Underground Productions in 2022. His 15-minute absurdist farce Disney Off Ice was also produced by UQ Drama students in 2019. 

 

Oliver was a participant in Playlab Theatre's Incubator program in 2021 and is a writer and reviewer for Theatre Haus. Oliver creates juicy comedic offers for actors, and also believes in the potential of theatre to generate ideas, debate and action.   

Media

Media

"I can't wait to see where Observatory Theatre takes audiences next"

- Catherine Lawrence

 

"Driscoll is bound to make his mark as the team continue to devise inventive, new works that border on the fantastical"

- Theatre Haus

"It is impossible not to be immediately taken with the fresh concepts and innovative ideas of these new theatre makers"

- Bravo Brisbane

 

"...aims to bring new work to Brisbane audiences that tests boundaries and creates meaningful, vibrant experiences for their audiences"

- Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

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For media inquiries, contact Marketing & Communications Coordinator Lucy Rayner-Toy

marketing@observatorytheatre.com

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